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Hurricane Sally Insurance Claims – Some Commonsense Advice from an Experienced Insurance Adjuster

Hurricane Sally Insurance Claims – Some Commonsense Advice from an Experienced Insurance Adjuster

Many business owners and homeowners who experienced damage from Hurricane Sally, are just now being allowed back into areas that were deemed too dangerous to enter. Our thoughts are with all businesses and families affected by Hurricane Sally and the brave first responders risking their safety to assist others. Based on damage reports and our own public adjuster staff who are monitoring the situation, the combination of wind, water and flood damage will create some complicated insurance claim disputes. And if property damage wasn’t enough, the long-term loss of power has added misery to the mix. To deal with these perils, it behooves property owners to keep their eye on the ball or in this case the money. High percentage hurricane deductibles are likely to be applied and many folks may be surprised that despite their wind or hurricane coverage, they may be out of pocket for mitigation and replacement costs due to lack of flood coverage or exclusions for water - sewer back-up.

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Hurricane Sally Flood Victims Need to Understand the Nuances of Flood Insurance Claims

Hurricane Sally Flood Victims Need to Understand the Nuances of Flood Insurance Claims

Many policyholders impacted by Hurricane Sally will be dealing with flood related issues for the first time. For those who have flood insurance, we encourage you to review and pay close attention to your flood policy’s terms and conditions. The policies issued by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are unique because they fall under a Federal Government program with its own rules and regulations. Keep in mind that many private insurance companies resell and administer the NFIP policies.  So, make sure you confirm if your flood policy falls under this program.

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Hurricane Sally Wind and Flood Claims – Will You be Covered for Both?

Hurricane Sally Wind and Flood Claims – Will You be Covered for Both?

Insurance payments to policyholders with flood and wind damage from Hurricane Sally will depend on the policies they purchased, the language in each policy and the laws of each state where the damage occurred. The media is reporting widespread inland flooding, and there are reports that many property owners whose property was damaged by flood may not have purchased flood insurance.  So, what should you do if you do not have coverage from either the government run flood program NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) or flood coverage under some other type of special manuscript policy?

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Hurricane Sally Insurance Claims - Mistakes Property Owners Should Avoid

Hurricane Sally Insurance Claims - Mistakes Property Owners Should Avoid

The slow-moving Hurricane Sally has caused a combination of wind, water, roof and flood damage that will surely complicate the insurance claims process. As homeowners are allowed to return and begin the clean-up and recovery process, many residential and commercial policyholders will submit an insurance claim for storm damage to their property. The Public Adjusters at Tutwiler & Associates urge policyholders to take the proper steps to stay safe, protect their property insurance claim and avoid settlement problems with the following tips.
 
1. Notify your insurance carrier of your damage as soon as possible to expedite your claim. Do not go back into your home or mitigate damage until you know it’s safe to do so. If returning to your home after a power outage, do not turn on the power right away, especially if your home has been flooded. Have an electrician check the dwelling first to ensure it is safe.

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Policyholder Question – What are my options when my insurer says I have cosmetic damage from hail?

Policyholder Question – What are my options when my insurer says I have cosmetic damage from hail?

Q. My insurance company’s adjuster is saying that they don't pay for "cosmetic damage". After many conversations with him and the contractor, he finally admitted some hail damage but estimated almost exactly the amount of my deductible, $1,000. The contractor I hired is very reputable and had all kinds of chalk marks on my roof which the adjuster dismissed as "cosmetic." I tried to get my agent involved and he said the same thing about cosmetic damage. I really don't want to let this go. There are about 20 houses in my neighborhood getting work done due to the golf ball sized hail damage. Please let me know if I have any options.

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Covid Business Interruption Claims – The Saga Continues

Covid Business Interruption Claims – The Saga Continues

The case for and against coverage detailed in this Washington Post article about restaurants suing insurance companies over unpaid claims. Still looks grim for the insured in my view but worth seeing if your policy has the virus exclusion. These restaurants will be long gone by the time these lawsuits are resolved. Only hope is if Uncle Sam steps up. In my opinion, it’s not likely to happen. 40% or less has Business Interruption coverage so without BI coverage, 60% are out of luck based on these suits…….and then there is the coming hurricane season.

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Nashville Tornado Roof Damage? Make Sure They Get on the Roof

Nashville Tornado Roof Damage? Make Sure They Get on the Roof

With the extensive wind and damage caused by the Nashville tornadoes, we are seeing policyholders rushing to get damages assessed. Both insurance company adjusters and many inexperienced contractors are eyeballing roof damage and recommending partial repairs based on simple visual inspection. This is going to cause terrible problems in the future as flying debris can damage the membrane of roofs and set people up for severe water damage in the future. In disaster situations some adjusters simply do not spend enough time assessing policyholder’s damage or taking into effect the increased cost of materials and repairs.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Will You Have a Business Interruption Insurance Claim?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Will You Have a Business Interruption Insurance Claim?

All of us at Tutwiler & Associates trust you and your families are staying well and safe in the midst of this dreadful Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. While our firm is doing our part to be “socially responsible” and keep our communities safe, many of our firm’s expert adjusters are actively working hard from the confines of their homes as we continue to field client inquiries and offer professional insurance claim assistance, guidance, and support. A few clients have called and emailed to inquire if there is an option for them to file an insurance claim including Business Interruption. Understandably, many business owners are just now combing through their insurance policies as they continue to look for ways to offset business income and financial losses.

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Beware Rising Tornado Construction Costs

Beware Rising Tornado Construction Costs

Many folks throughout the State of Tennessee are still dealing with the devastating effects of the recent tornado and hail damage.  They will soon learn that that the amount(s) offered and paid by their respective insurance companies are not sufficient to pay for their complete loss and damage repairs. Specifically, as the demand for qualified construction workers, roofers, and building materials increase so do the associated costs.  This “supply and demand effect” will undoubtedly continue to impact those who sustained tornado/hail damage in a negative way for some time.

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Hiring a Tennessee Licensed Public Insurance Adjuster to Assist with your Tornado Claim

Hiring a Tennessee Licensed Public Insurance Adjuster to Assist with your Tornado Claim

The tornado in Nashville has caused major destruction and significantly impacted business & residential property owners. Our teams are actively engaged with property & business owners, working to help aid in the recovery claims process and are here to help you realize a fair settlement under your policy to help you recover and get your business and life back on its feet. Whenever major storm events like this occur a common question we get from callers is to explain what a Public Adjuster does and why they should hire one. Many callers have never had to deal with a property claim before and frankly have not heard of Public Adjusters. To avoid having our readers searching the web for these answers and hopefully the hype, I’ve placed the information we try to relay below.

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